Backup water solutions
Article by: Karabo Motsoai
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Find the right water backup solution for your home

Rainwater harvesting and municipal water backups are becoming an attractive option for households looking to protect their homes from water shedding, outages and restrictions. When water supply becomes limited, there are many practical and cost-effective solutions that can fill the gap. From beginner to expert, you can take this as far as you want without breaking the bank or feeling overwhelmed.

Many people are starting to recognise the value of becoming partially independent through the different options available in the South African market. As you begin your journey to choosing the best option for you and your family, find out more about the available options that are at your disposal.

Rainwater harvesting

This option is straightforward, hassle-free and will contribute towards cutting your water bill at the end of the month.

Since not everyone has the opportunity to have a filtering system, you can use rainwater for low-grade purposes including garden maintenance, household cleaning and car washing.

Once filtered and sterilised, rainwater can even be used for drinking purposes, reducing your dependence even more. With the correct water tank for your needs, it can prove to be one of the most common, cost-effective backup water tank options to help deal with water restrictions and municipal interruptions.

Municipal backup water tank

With this option, you will still rely on municipal water supply but will have water safely stored for use during outages.

Municipal backup tanks come in a variety of sizes, ranging from 500 to 10 000 litres to suit your family’s needs. These are linked to the main water supply line of your home and will fill up automatically when municipal water is available.

This stored water can then be used when there is a loss of water due to infrastructure breakdowns, outages, restrictions or water shedding.

Getting your water to where you need it

Of course, having a place to store water is only half the journey, as you’ll probably want to use this water in your garden, home or both.

Water pumps play a crucial role in ensuring that you have enough water pressure to get your water to where you want to use it. Selecting the best connections and plumbing is also essential in ensuring water delivery.

To find out what is the best option for your home and needs, it’s a good idea to speak to an expert who can advise you on the best ways to cleanly connect your gutters to your rainwater harvesting tank, or where and how to install your municipal backup tank. They’ll also speak to you about the best pump, filtration and plumbing systems to meet your specific needs.

Many South Africans have experienced water instability in the past few years due to natural disasters, infrastructure breakdowns, water shortages and restrictions. Rainwater harvesting and water backups are fast becoming a must-have option for households looking to protect their homes from these situations and secure enough water supply for their family’s needs.

Looking for options to secure your home’s water supply?

The LookSee Marketplace offers a range of water tanks that can help you start harvesting rainwater or store municipal water for use during outages.